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NBA's mission is to contribute to improving education in developing world contexts by advancing open, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to educational challenges.

NBA is committed to improving equitable access, quality, and effectiveness of education in developing countries to create supportive, empowered education systems in which people at all levels see themselves as agents of their own change.

NBA’s mission is to contribute to improving education in developing world contexts by advancing open, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to educational challenges. We believe that education should equip learners to think critically, creatively, and independently, as well as to develop a sense of agency and responsibility for their lives and the world in which they live. Education should support learners to be able to generate sustainable livelihoods and become active, engaged, and accountable citizens. Through our work, we strive to create space for stakeholders to engage and connect to promote meaningful change.

We are committed to the delivery of innovative, high-quality work, on time and at competitive prices to meet the needs of our clients and their educational constituencies. We strive to distil key knowledge we gain as we work and share it widely beyond our client base, with a view to maximizing the value of our work around the world. In this way we hope to contribute to the development of education in South Africa, Africa, and beyond.

Geographical spread

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, NBA’s primary focus has been on Africa, we have extended our reach globally (but with a niche focus on the developing world) through work with clients such as the Commonwealth of Learning, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, and UNESCO.

Our services

NBA's services are evidence-based, pragmatic, and cost-effective to enable developing world governments, institutions, and other clients to deliver quality education that is affordable and accessible to learners.

In striving to fulfil our vision, we provide the following core services:

  • Strategic planning and policy advice to inter-governmental organizations, governments, institutions, and development partners in the areas of education and training


  • Development of implementation strategies for educational projects and initiatives of all scales, as well as supporting/managing their implementation where required
  • Development, adaptation, and compilation of teaching and learning materials for curricula, programmes, courses, including print, video, audio, and online multimedia
  • Development of online educational portals using either open-source or proprietary ICT solutions, specializing particularly in content development, management services, and e-learning delivery
  • Qualitative and quantitative research in the education sector, including support in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation strategies for educational initiatives of all kinds
  • Specialized advisory and project management services focused on harnessing the concept of Open Education Resources (OER)
  • Developing the capacity of educators to harness technology effectively to design and implement effective educational courses and programmes
  • Design and implementation of effective communications strategies for organizations and initiatives in education and training

Get in touch

For two decades NBA has worked across developing countries at all levels of education, at the intersection of research and practical delivery. Get in touch to discuss how you can draw on our experience and insights and apply them to your context, problems, or goals.

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